Greg Schiano may add Butch Davis to Bucs’ staff


As the last team to get its head coach in place for 2012, Tampa Bay now has a tough task of assembling a staff of assistants after many of the best coaches available have already been hired elsewhere. But new Bucs head coach Greg Schiano may be reaching into his past to add an experienced coach to his staff.

Peter King reports in his Monday Morning Quarterback column that Schiano wants former Browns head coach Butch Davis on his staff, either as defensive coordinator or assistant head coach.

Schiano and Davis have been close since Schiano was the defensive coordinator and Davis was the head coach of the Miami Hurricanes in 1999 and 2000. Davis left that job to become head coach of the Browns, and Davis was also a well-respected defensive coach with the Cowboys in the 1990s. So he has significant NFL experience, even though, like Schiano, he has been a college head coach in recent years.

Davis was fired as head coach at North Carolina in July, in the wake of an NCAA investigation into academic misconduct and impermissible contacts between players and agents.

21 responses to “Greg Schiano may add Butch Davis to Bucs’ staff

  1. Don’t know too about Butch Davis other than NC scandal thing but I can’t wait for other peoples comments about it though.

  2. Butch would be a great choice.

    1) High moral standards.
    2) Sees the job through. (Only quit the Browns in mid season),
    3)Great Judgement as a talent evaluator. Moved up 1 notch to select K2 and only gave up a second round pick!
    4) One of the best spin doctors in sports.
    5) Loyal to an orgnization.

    Great addition to a staff!

  3. I forgot he did select Long Snapper Ryan Pontbriand in the NFL Draft years ago. Never mind that he could not play another position.

    Great addition.

  4. BuccaneerBloodline23 says:
    Jan 30, 2012 8:07 AM
    Don’t know too about Butch Davis other than NC scandal thing but I can’t wait for other peoples comments about it though.


    He was on JJ’s championship Cowboys staff as an asst. and as a DC. Solid hire for the Bucs if the get him.

  5. This makes me feel much better about the direction of the Bucs franchise. Butch is a very good defensive coach. I’m just waiting to see who we take on as Offensive Coordinator.

  6. Butch Davis would be an excellent addition to the staff. All he did in Cleveland was take a bad team and turn it into a playoff team. His failing was wanting complete control ala Bill Parcells.

    It’s a shame because his game day preparation was tremendous and he had good rapport with his players. The Browns erred in giving him complete control, they had tried to bring in Ron Wolf as a advisor and Butch ran him out of town. He probably regrets that.

    Had the Brown’s ownership (the irrelevant billionaire) backed Ron Wolf and keep Butch on as coach the team would have been a regular playoff team instead of the faceless boring commodity it’s become.

  7. I think this is a good move. As a Browns fan, I think Davis got a bit of a bum rap and was thrown to the curb a little too early as HC. He did coach the expansion Browns to the playoffs when the team was only a couple years old- and while juggling starting QBs, etc. As everyone can plainly see, the Browns haven’t been able to match that success since (though they had a better record in ’07 under Crennel, they didn’t make the playoffs.)

    Given the right job and atmosphere, I think Davis could be a real asset to an NFL team.

  8. And this solidifies the theory that Schiano will punt on first Dow. And and solely play D all game thus giving a better chance for Vicotry considering his only offensive playbook still reads: 1.pitch to rice 2.rice blast 3. Throw to rice. 4. Rice dive

  9. Going to be a little harder for Butch to cheat….but at he has NFL head coach experience. Time will tell.

  10. @ Pacodawg…high moral standards? Fail. Complete opposite quite frankly but this isn’t a children’s charity so it won’t matter.
    And he’s a very good defensive coordinator and will help the bucs.
    Thanks for the laugh though.

  11. emmac13 says:
    Jan 30, 2012 10:09 AM
    Only coach to get Browns to Wildcard.

    ONLY COACH, I think not… Schottenheimer let the Browns to the playoffs 4 years straight, 3 as division leader… but that’s off topic…

    Davis has NFL experience and a SB ring w/ the Cowboys. IMHO, if hired, a good choice for DC, but I’m still anxious to see who will be named OC!

  12. D-Line coach for UM in 1987, and won a National Championship. DC with Dallas Cowboys, and won back to back Super Bowls. As HC of UM Davis coached or recruited Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Edgerrin James, Clinton Portis, Frank Gore, Bubba Franks, Santana Moss, Reggie Wayne, Jeremy Shockey, Andre Johnson, Willis McGahee, Sean Taylor, Kellen Winslow II, Jonathan Vilma, D.J. Williams, Vince Wilfork, Antrel Rolle.

    Dude learned from Jimmy Johnson, and he knows talent which the Bucs badly need.

  13. Considering the methodical nature of their head coaching search and the availability of experience this is a homerun.

  14. Never even had his name come up in the NCAA report once. Its better to be thought stupid than open your mouth and remove all doubt. Great coach, his team loved him and Carolina had a bright future hope he will produce in his new gig. Congrats Butch Tampa Bay could use some help.

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